By now, if you haven’t heard the Nick Bonino goal call by CBC‘s Punjabi commentary, please say hi to Dwayne Johnson before you leave the rock that you’ve been living under for the last two weeks. For your convenience, here’s that call:
— Hockey Night Punjabi (@HkyNightPunjabi) May 31, 2016
That’s Hockey Night Punjabi‘s Harnarayan Singh, elated over the moment that Bonino put the Pittsburgh Penguins up 3-2, en route to their game 1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup Final. The call itself went viral, to the point that every major news outlet had shown it numerous times, and the Penguins locker room had caught wind of it all. The Punjab team of CBC put out a contest to give your best Bonino call. It was all hilarious.
Well, nevermind the Punjabi Bonino call, here’s the Finnish Donskoi call!
In the first overtime period of game 3, with the score tied at 2, the Sharks couldn’t go down 3-0 in the series, much less in front of their home crowd. The first ever playoff final home game in San Jose had to have a happy ending for the fans that were still awake, to bring life in the series. The Sharks got their chances early, firing away at goaltender Matt Murray in the high slot, but the rookie netminder continued to have his way, much like his post-season run this year.
Enter Joonas Donskoi.
The 24-year-old brought the San Jose crowd to their feet when he took the puck behind the Pittsburgh goal, circled around it and fired a puck off the side of Murray’s helmet and into the back of the net with just under eight minutes left to play in the first overtime period. It was a shot that Murray himself admitted it was “a pretty good placement of the shot I guess.” But what makes this play even more entertaining is a Finnish broadcasting team’s reaction to the goal.
Here’s Finland’s Viasat:
While we admit, we don’t see it sparking any contests to replicate the call and that it pales in comparison to the Bonino call, it’s still great on its own accord.
So what’s next for the 2016 Stanley Cup Final? The German commentary team sounding angry over a Logan Couture goal, despite the fact that they’re actually happy that the Sharks tied up the series? Perhaps the Spanish commentary team gives their best “goooooooool” call after Bryan Rust puts the Penguins up 3-1 and places a choke-hold on San Jose. We’ll just have to wait to find out, but one thing is for sure; Foreign calls need to stay.